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THE SCOOP | National Youth Orchestra Of Canada Names Kingston Home Base

By Michael Vincent on January 31, 2022

NYO Canada, Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound. (Photo: Mark Rash)
NYO Canada, Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound. (Photo: Mark Rash)

Announced today, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada will call Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario home this summer for their 62nd season.

The announcement follows a national call for proposals from venues to house the NYO Canada for their annual residency between June 19 ­– July 20, 2022.

Queen’s University at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) and the DAN School of Drama and Music’s Harrison-LeCaine Hall landed on top.

“Queen’s was a fantastic partner for more than a decade, and we look forward to returning to the campus that has since added the stunning Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, a hub of artistic ingenuity that continued its mandate even amidst a worldwide pandemic,” said NYO Canada President & CEO Barbara Smith.

It’s been nearly two decades since NYO Canada was last a resident at Queen’s University — long before the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts opened. Since they have made stops in Kingston as part of the Kingston orchestras’ Frenergy Tour, the Isabel’s Virtuosi Festival, the Isabel held a concert featuring the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and the European Union Youth Orchestra on November 13, 2019.

In recent news

  • Appointed conductor Sascha Goetzel as Music Director for a two-year term.
  • Announced Matonabee Paulette as NYO Canada’s Visual Artist

The bridge between student and professional

Going into their 62nd season, NYO Canada is Canada’s preeminent orchestral summer program, providing a comprehensive to Canada’s classical musicians aged 16 to 28.

The audition deadline for this summer’ program ends March 1, 2022. Interested students can apply [HERE].

For more details on the residency, see here:

Nation Youth Orchestra of Canada at The Isabel Bader Centre – June 19th to July 20, 2022 from Isabel Bader Centre on Vimeo.


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